A 15-year-old girl was killed after a suspension bridge over a river in southwest France collapsed on Monday, causing a car, a truck and possibly a third vehicle to plunge into the water, local authorities said.

Four people were rescued but several others are feared missing after the collapse of the Mirepoix-sur-Tarn Bridge, the fire service and local security chief Etienne Guyot said.

The bridge linked the towns of Mirepoix-sur-Tarn and Bessieres, 18 miles north of the city of Toulouse, south west France.

According to local report the 15-year-old victim had been in a car with her parents at the time of the collapse – with one woman able to swim to


A driver of a truck is unaccounted for as well as a possible driver of a third car, said authorities.

Head of the Haute-Garonne department Georges Meric said that three vehicles were caught in the bridge collapse, without saying what happened to the third.

Over 60 emergency workers were at the scene, he said, adding that an investigation would be carried out into the condition of the bridge.

The Mirepoix-sur-Tarn Bridge, 492 feet long and 16 foot wide, is said to be maintained by the county council and was built in 1935 with renovation in 2003, reports RTBF.



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